Dolly Schneeberger


Dolly Schneeberger — who was born a Cadotte, and therefore can claim descent from the original Native American "princess" Madeline and her fur trader husband Michel Cadotte  has a long association with Woods Hall, going back to her childhood.

Growing up, Dolly never lived in one place longer than two years. This is one of the reasons she now loves the Island and calls it her home. Her mother, Isabelle Cadotte, was born and raised on the island, but after Isabelle married Dolly's father, the family was often on the move. During her childhood, Dolly lived on the Island a couple of years as a toddler, and again as a teenager. When she was here as a teenager, it was in 1960, and Reverend Otto Schroedel and his wife Velma, Woods Hall's founders, were still here at St. John’s and Woods Hall. That is when Dolly first fell in love with the craft shop. She didn't weave, but she remembers helping others prepare their materials for weaving. At that time, they had soup supper and craft nights once a week in the winter. The craft shop was a source of great fun — "something to do before we got all this electronic equipment.  :)"

Later, when Phil Schneeberger and Dolly were married, they moved to the Island in May of 1969, and really made it their home. They wanted to bring their kids up in one spot! And they did. The Schneebergers believe the Island is a great place to bring up children. 

When Dolly got involved with Woods Hall this second time, Reverend Glenn Utterback was the pastor at St. John’s, and he was a weaver. So Dolly began to learn to weave. Reverend Utterback even got Dolly's husband to make a few rugs. Dolly has been weaving ever since, mainly making rugs and some placemats.

Another interesting fact: Mrs. Utterback, (Ruth) taught me how to pressure can my tomatoes and green beans — that was so nice of her. We have had so many wonderful pastors serving our church and craft shop!
— Dolly Schneeberger

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